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The Backyard Astronomer’s Field Guide: How to Find the Best Objects the Night Sky has to Offer (Paperback)
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Discover Beautiful Nebulas, Constellations, Deep Sky Objects and More with Your Telescope
David Dickinson, co-author of The Universe Today Ultimate Guide to Viewing the Cosmos, has created the ultimate field guide for backyard astronomers. Whether you want to impress viewers at a star party, or learn what you can see with your new telescope, David shows you how to find the most impressive views the night sky has to offer.
Broken down by month and by hemisphere to ensure you get the best possible view, David shows you how to find objects like spiral galaxies, stunning sights in the Milky Way and stars that bring the “wow factor” to astronomy. With 44 sky charts and David’s expertise, it’s like having a pro-astronomer out in the field with you.
About the Author
David Dickinson is the co-author of The Universe Today Guide to Viewing the Cosmos. He is an Earth science teacher, freelance science writer, retired USAF veteran and backyard astronomer. He currently writes and ponders the universe as he travels the world with his wife.
“This field guide, usable in both hemispheres, could replace a whole shelf of sky atlases, monthly almanacs and observing manuals.”
—Guy Ottewell, author of the Zodiacal Wavy Charts, Map of the Starry Sky and Uranus, Neptune and Pluto: A Longer View
“This is an indispensable handbook of tools and charts for finding all the treasures of the night sky.”
—Edward Brooke-Hitching, author of The Golden Atlas and The Sky Atlas
“Dickinson knows the territory, and has picked out the best objects to challenge you on a dark night– whether they’re other galactic stars and nebulae, or galaxies pinwheeling millions of light-years away. This book has it all.”
—Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer, SETI Institute